Grantsville is one of only two Class 3A schools taking part in Salt Lake County’s summer baseball league, and the Cowboys have just one home game on the schedule.
That makes for a tough uphill climb, but nobody can question Grantsville’s effort from start to finish. Monday’s game in Holladay was the latest example, as the Cowboys tried to battle back from a 7-1 deficit in an eventual 7-4 loss to Olympus. Grantsville scored three runs in the top of the fifth and got a leadoff single in the sixth before a controversial double-play call and a strikeout ended the Cowboys’ threat — and the game, as darkness began to set in.
“As we got through the order a couple times, we started getting our timing down and hitting them a little bit,” Grantsville coach Aaron Perkins said. “I was happy about that. I’ve really been happy with the effort. Summer ball’s hard because the kids have got so many things going on, but we’ve always had effort. They’re growing together and the team camaraderie is growing.”
Grantsville’s fifth-inning rally began with back-to-back singles by Tanner Hammond and Kaden Lund, followed by a walk by Caleb Sullivan. After stealing third, Hammond came home on an Olympus error to cut the Cowboys’ deficit to 7-2. Later in the inning, AJ Herrera ripped a single up the middle to drive in Lund and Sullivan.
In the next inning, Wilson Hunt hit a leadoff single to right-center, giving the Cowboys a bit of life. However, that momentum was quashed on a double play as Dalton Williams hit a chopper back to the mound. Perkins argued that the Titans’ second baseman never touched the base before Hunt got there, but to no avail.
Before the late surge, Grantsville had managed just one unearned run. That came in the second inning, when Hunt took advantage of two errors and a passed ball to reach third base. Kayden Bohman blasted a deep sacrifice fly down the left-field line, allowing Hunt to score.
Meanwhile, the Titans’ offense was firing on all cylinder, racking up six runs on seven hits and an error in two innings against Grantsville starter Taylor Wood. Olympus hit three doubles in the first inning alone, and finished the game with four.
Jackson Sandberg pitched the final three innings for Grantsville, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
“Taylor experienced a little setback, but that’s OK,” Perkins said. “He’ll learn from that. I thought Jackson did a great job of coming in and throwing strikes.”
Grantsville will play host to Providence Hall in its lone home game of the summer Wednesday at 6 p.m.